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Published December 05, 2010, 08:14 PM

Live Nativity Scene Draws People To Local Church

A church in Grand Forks celebrates Christmas in a unique way. It's members stand outside in the cold, acting and showing people the reasons we celebrate the holiday.

A church in Grand Forks celebrates Christmas in a unique way.

It's members stand outside in the cold, acting and showing people the reasons we celebrate the holiday.

A little music, some costumes, and a nativity scene comes to life.

"It gets people thinking about Christmas and the true meaning behind it."

20-year-old Devin Meghie doesn't consider himself much of an actor...but the message of a live nativity scene is important to him.

"I mean I guess for the church in the past I've done a little play thing that we did but it was when I was 14, so not a big thing." Meghie said.

This is the 5th year the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has held "The Night Of The Nativity". Getting people in the holiday spirit.

Skittles and Abbey are animals that are a part of the live nativity scene to make it more realistic and fun for kids.

The whole church gets involved and hundreds of people attend the event.

"I think it helps for people to understand and really think about the manger scene and the birth of our savior and they can really look at these people and say "yeah, this was a real event that actually occurred." Bishop Jeffrey Deem said.

With the front lawn as their stage...actors like Devin hope the live portrayal is not only fun, but teaches a life-long lesson.

"If we do it respectfully and show our reverence, they'll understand the sacredness of the event it'll help them get into the mood of Christmas." Meghie said.

Area school groups and the Crookston choir also performed at the church with a live broadcast of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The event usually takes place at the beginning of December and is open to the public.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is located at 2814 Cherry Street in Grand Forks.

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